“I never been to Arizona State on a visit but I like everything I saw online with the campus and the facilities,” Mixon said. “Talking to my family and looking at the program I just felt that Arizona State was the place for me. I didn’t know if I was going to commit (to any school) later on, but when I thought about everything this is what I wanted to do.
“I was talking a lot to the coaching staff, especially (defensive line) Coach Randolph and I really liked all of them. Coach Graham is from Mesquite so I feel he understands me and we have a good connection because of that. I also had a very good connection with Coach Randolph which is good because he’s going to be my D-Line coach. He gave me a lot of information on the school.”
Mixon added that ASU’s high graduation rates for its student-athletes did impress him since academics was going to be an important factor in his decision.
The 6-4 250-pound Dimarya Mixon who reported a 40-time of 4.9, said that the Sun Devil staff likes his pass rushing ability and pursuit to the ball. Wranglers Head Coach Michael Overton concurred with that assessment.
“He’s very explosive off the ball and is a relentless pass rusher,” Overton said. “He has a tremendous amount of ability and he will get nothing but better. I can’t say enough good things about him. We run a 3-4 front and he plays the defensive end spot there. Lining up on the edge he can out run an offensive tackle and get to the quarterback but he’s also a physical player.”
Overton said that he wasn’t surprised that Mixon ultimately settled on the Sun Devils.
“I thought the coaches did a great job communicating with him during the recruiting process,” Overton explained. “Dimarya is from California so he wanted to get closer to the West Coast.”
Mixon, who noted that he both benches and power cleans 300 lbs., said that there is one skill he would like to improve on.
“I need to work on taking on double teams better,” Mixon stated. “But I love to hit. I play tight end in goal line situations too. I move very well for my size and playing basketball last year helped me be more athletic.”
Mixon commented that playing in a similar scheme at ASU was another reason that led him to his pledge tonight.
“They will be running the 3-4 and that is what I’m used to,” Mixon said. “So I think I would fit in there pretty well.”
Mixon reported offers from Colorado, Missouri, Kansas State, Ole Miss, Purdue, Syracuse, and Washington State. He did state that his commitment is “100 percent solid” and that the only school he plans to visit in the future is ASU, which again will be his first time making the trip to Tempe.
In 2011 Mixon collected 35 total tackles for 5-6 Wranglers and had one fumble recovery. He was voted 1st team all-district following his junior season.